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tonight on "world news," the double dose of terror. two powerful attacks. first, a bomb, then a gunman greszed as a police officer, opening fire at a youth camp. we're on the scene in norway and brian ross is with us tonight. breaking point. the fans, the air conditioners, breaking a record at one of the country's largest utilities. will the power grimds hold? the summer swarm. the unseen but soon to be felt side effect of this heat. fierer new breeds of mosquitos. kate's tour. a royal invite like we've never seen. kate and the queen and her dress closeup. our correspondent inside buckingham palace. and our "person of the week." the boy, the ball that was caught and what he did next. we couldn't believe it. >> are you kidding me, this kid
is going to do this? good evening on this friday. and we'll get to the sweltering heat in a moment. but first, that horrific story still unfolding out of norway. the city where they hand out the nobel peace prize, under siege today in two deadly attacks, playing out one after the other. here's what we know tonight. more than a dozen dead and that number could go higher. and take a look at the pictures still coming in. first, the bomb blasts, tearing through the heart of oslo, targeting government buildings, scattering debris. police rushing to the wounded. then, a short time later and a shors distance away, gun fire at a youth camp. a man dressed as a flifr opening fire in a crowd. abc's miguel marquez is in norway tonight. >> reporter: the blast shattered this capital on a sleepy friday
afternoon. >> i heard a big boom. it was like arriving at a war scene in some kind of movie. fire, people in the street injured. >> reporter: the streets carpeted with broken glass, windows blown out. smoke rising from the center of town. >> you can actually smell the burning from the blasts. >> it looks like a war zone. there was people running around with blood from their head. it was kind of panic. >> reporter: the sidewalks quickly became a makeshift emergency room. bystanders raced to help the injured. horror in the face of those who witnessed the carnage. worst hit, a government building, home to the prime minister. luckily, he wasn't there. also damaged, the headquarters of a tabloid newspaper, as well as smaller buildings nearby. inside those buildings, the dead, and those too badly wounded to get out. rescue efforts lasted into the night while everyone else in oslo was warned to stay away from downtown.
then, two hours later, on an island less than an hour south of the capital, a nightmare of a different kind. a man dressed as a policeman opened fire on a youth camp. people threw themselves into the water, trying to swim away to safety. it was a political gathering and the nation's prime minister planned to attend tomorrow. tonight, the prime minister told the country not to give into fear. inspiring words for a nation that hasn't had an attack this bad since world war ii. david? >> it was something to watch today. miguel marquez, thank you. we want to bring in our chief investigative correspondent, abc's brian ross tonight, working this all day. what more do know about the man behind this? >> reporter: the first thought, with norway's participation in afghanistan, it may have been al qaeda. but it's a lone norwegian, said to be in his 30s, a military
veteran who has grievances with the government and now talking to police, a kind of norway version of timothy mcveigh, the american military vet who blew up the building in oklahoma city. >> so, what do you know about the bomb itself? >> reporter: well, the bomb went off. it is not as high explosives as they thought. homemade. they also found several other undetonated bombs on that island at the youth camp, which he had taken with him. >> we're looking at the debris right now. and we all began thinking about buildings here in this country today and that video of the practice run with the barriers we set up in front of so many buildings across this country. >> reporter: the u.s. has been individual lenlt in protecting government buildings. it probably wouldn't happen in the u.s. as it happened there. but that particular video of the truck ramming a barrier in the u.s., an example of what's been done here, the kind of steps that the nor wee jens and others have not taken because they felt they were immune to this kind of attack and now they know they're not. >> brian ross and miguel marquez, the team for us tonight. thank you. we're going to turn now to this extreme heat wave.
tonight, millimeters of americans sweating it out under that so-called heat dome. and tonight, a new concern. the power grimds. across the country, the strain of utilities setting records today. so many teem turning on their fans and ac to try to cool down. the question, though, will the power grimds hold into the weekend? 103 today in philadelphia. 102 in washington. 108 in newark. and here in new york city, the hottest day in 35 years. combine that with humidity and felt like 121 degrees in the nation's capital. abc's matt gutman here in new york, this city now sweltering, too. matt? >> reporter: thanks, david. that's right. new york city today, 104 degrees. deadly heat. now, i've been following this heat wave for five days now, all the way from dallas. haven't felt anything quite like this. it's been so hot here that they closed the crown of the statue of leberty for the second straighthtay. so hot, people are cranking up their air conditioning and pushing utility companies to the very limit. utilities from montana to new
york including the nation's largest, which oversees 13 states, set new records for power use today. here in new york, coned blew past its previous record by 1:00 p.m. and are unsure how much the system can take. >> it's really exciting but scary. so, yeah, we're in unchartered territory. >> reporter: that's partly because even as the heat in megacities like new york sub sides, energy use rises. >> especially in cities, the concrete and steel and asphalt really retain that heat and just carry it for days and days. >> reporter: and with soaring cost.y demand comes soaring energy prices today doubled in this city. and utilities are pleading with customers to conserve, offering these tips. set your ac therm set at no cool earl than 78 degrees. each degree cooler increases your cost by 6%. use fans in temperatures are lower than 85 degrees. that uses up 90% less
electrici electricitity. and turn off nonessential appliances. they suck up power even when they're on stand-by. and david, in a city like new york, it's hard to find relief at night. now, last night, we told you that when your bold doesn't cool down, it's hard to sleep. your body wakes itself up in order to sweat. but we're seeing overnight highs here tonight in new york that could break records, as well. and health officials item us that could pose a serious health risk if people can't find a cool place to sleep. david? >> all right, matt gutman on the health dangers again tonight. so, i want to bring in harvey leonard from the abc station in boston, the power house channel 5. and harvey, you told me, boston hit 103 degrees today. when was the last time that happened? >> it happened 85 years ago on this date. that's when it was last that hot here. >> and harvey, we're hearing it everywhere, people saying, they can't remember a time when it was this hot for this length of time and the drought we've seen across the country lasting this long.
what's behind it? >> well, basically, normally when you get rain, it helps bring more rain. that is the rain eventually evapora evaporates, the moisture of the ground into the air. clouds form. then rain comes down and you get more rain. however, if you've been in a drought condition, the ground gege so dry, there is no moisture to evaporate into the air. clouds don't form and you don't get additional rainfall. so, the doubt can perpetuate. >> a cycle repeating itself across the country. let's talk about relief, harvey. when do we see knee relief and who seeps it first? >> well, the northeastern part of the country, new england and down to new york is going to see it first and it will happy sunday. that's when the jet stream will shift. right now, almost the entire country is stuck with incredible heat and most of it a lot of humidity. but as the jet stream shifts south across the northeast, c cl air will come down from canada. the problem is, the middle of the country, the plains, the southern states, i don't see a break coming any time soon. >> no relief for them, possibly weeks.
harvey, thank you. and we learned today that the intense heat is unleashing another kind of misery. swarms of new mosquitos two new breeds in major steps, and abc's linsey davis reports authorities are now concerned about the diseases the new breeds could carry. >> reporter: it isn't just the heat that's biting. this week's high humidity is causing an explosion of mosquitos, including some newer species that have experts worried. >> this is, by far, the highest numbers we've seen for adult populations out there. >> reporter: meet the asian tiger mosquito. if you live in the south or mid-atlantic, it's most certainly in your backyard. unlike most mosquitos, it bites during the day. >> there's a lot of them. they are persistent. which is why they are called tiger mosquitos. also the fact they are striped black and white. >> reporter: and then there's the yellow fever mosquito, also known to trans mitt several viruses, including deadly ones.
are these mosquitos capable of giving people fatal diseases? >> yellow fever is fatal. dengue fever can be. so, we'ree worried if someone becomes, comes into the country infected with a disease that can be transmitted by this mosquito, it could create a local epidemic. >> reporter: this season is quickly developing into one of the worst mosquito seasons ever. >> during a light year, in some of our traps we may get 100 to 200. in a bad year like we're experiencing right now, we may see 1,000 to 2,000. >> reporter: so, do yourself a favor. get rid of standing water and rubber tires in the yard. and look for insect repellents containing deet. biting activity is expected to be fierce in the coming weeks. lynn see davey, abc news. >> just one more thing to worry about this weekend ahead. we turn nowow to washington where there is a developing story tonight. late word of a fallout between the speaker of the houou john boehner and president obama. it was believed they forged a
partnership, but jon karl is in washington, and the speaker fired off a letter just before we came on the air tonight.t. >> reporter: that's right. the speaker and the president were on the veshlg of a histori deal that would have cult spending by $3.5 trillion, dealt with the debt crisis and raised the debt ceiling. now, the speaker fired off this letter, saying the deal, the talks are over. he says it has become evident that the white house is simply not serious about ending the spending binge. in the end, the speaker writes, we could not connect. i'm told this broke down over a disagreement over how much to raise tax revenues. >> and jon, the president said he was going to fire back, too, here's what the president just said, we'll get your reaction here. >> we have run out of time and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. and they can come up with any plans that they want and bring them up here and we will work on them. the only bottom line that i have
is that we have to extend this debt ceiling through the next election. >> jon, you can almost hear the anger there. a stalemate, if i ever saw one. >> reporter: absolutely. and those ultimatums are not received well up here on capitol hill. but i will say congressional leaders agree with the second part of what he said, which is, we cannot have default. they have to raise the ceiling. >> and, jon, the clock we've been counting here, ten days now until that deadline. so, how in the worldld do they come up with a deal in time? >> reporter: now we're off to plan b. this is going to be a very busy weekend for the top congressional leaders and the white house. they are looking for a stop gap measure to raise that debt ceiling. but i can guarantee, it will not be the kind of grand bargain that would deal with the coming fiscal crisis. >> here we go again. a lot of frustration across the country on this one, jon. thank you. and still ahead here on "world news" this friday night, the queen and kate giving us a tour atuckingham palace. and the wedding dress. what surprised our reporter when he saw it? the good life tonight. more of the boomers this
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it was the kind of royal tour we hadn't quite seen before. the queen and kate and that wedding dress that became sort of a fashion lightning bolt. abc's nick watt tonight inside the palace. >> reporter: today, the royal grand dame and the starlet got a preview. that dress. the breathlessly anticipated wedding dress that drew a global gasp. well, now, you can almost touch it. goesly, displayed like a relic of a bygone age. half a aillion fawning fans will file past before the doors close again in october. >> i think the thing that people
will really see is just how beautiful the detail is and sarah burton, who designed the dre dress, said, the beauty is in the detail. >> reporter: sister pippa's bridesmaid dress is not on display. she almost upstaged her sister. you know the old cliche that famous people always look smaller in real life. it's the same with this dress. as close as we are, and this is as close as they'll let us get, this dress is teeny tiny. palace officials won't come out and say it, but kate is their star attraction. she is the future of the royal family, the future of grand windsor. nick watt, abc news, buckingham palace. >> and we do have a passing to note tonight. the man who gave the world the barbie doll has died. elliott handler founded the mattel toy company with his wife
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>> reporter: 60 reps a day to create these biceps. 60 reps a day for these thighs. these numbers may not surprise you. but how about this number? the owner of this body is 70 years old. how old do you feel? >> i feel about 45. >> reporter: ernestine shepherd made a mindboggling transition 20 years ago. you were a couch potato? >> that's what i was. i did absolutely nothing. >> reporter: she's won three body building competitions. she's an extreme example, but all over the country, retire reaps are turning to competitive sports. bill walters started serious running in his 60s. the traditional limits are gone, says dr. michael joyner, a triathlete himself. >> i think there is good evidence that fairly intense activity at 65 and 70 does slow
down the aging process. >> reporter: the turning point came in her miss 50s. she and her sister were trying on bathing suits. her discipline would fail most of us. 300 situps? >> 300. >> reporter: and she teaches. >> when i grow up, i want to be just like her. >> reporter: she makes t tse leg presses of 225 pounds look so easy. then i tried it. >> ready? >> reporter: it's not lifting. >> it's not? >> reporter: i have to stop at three and you normally do 60. right? >> and i think what it just shows is that there are far fewer limitations for the aging human than we thought. >> reporter: something ernestine has known for years. clir shipman, abc news, maryland. >> claire, you're a good sport. but ernestine, 75? you should have heard in the studio when we heard that. keep it going. when we come back here on the broadcast tonight, something you have to see to believe. the boy, the ball in the stands and what no one saw coming next.
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thousands at the arizona diamondbacks game, a 12-year-old boy watching the game, abouto do something that would catch not only the eyes in the announcer's booth but ours, too. we couldn't believe what we were seeing. it was the fourth inning, a player tosses a ball into the stand. two little boys wanted it, but only ian mcmillan would get it. >> look at that young brewer's fan. now, wait a minute. did he get -- oh, boy. >> sour. he is sour. the diamondback fan got it. >> reporter: the announcers watching with their own play by play. >> well -- oh, he's bummed out. >> are you kidding me, this kid is going to do this? >> that is big -- >> oh, my goodness. >> what a nice young man. >> he's got a diamondbacks hat -- we have to get something for that kid. i can't believe i just witnessed that. that is awesome. >> you are awesome. >> reporter: the game would go on, ian having given up his prized catch. but then, a phone call. it seemed someone had seen his kindness on tv. >> he's being told right now that he's being praised on tv.
>> he's big league. >> reporter: late today, we met ian, too. >> i thought it was the right thing to do. i saw the kid, he was really sad, so i just decided to give the ball back. my mom and my dad, like, taught me that way, so -- kind of natural. >> reporter: ian didn't leave that game empty handed. moments after giving the ball away, the announcers had a special gift for the fan. a baseball bat signed by his favorite player. >> autographed bat and a contract for the generous ian and his buddies. >> the box was really, really cool. i was, like, really surprised and, like, i did not see that coming. >> he's got good home training. >> that's a very well bred young man. >> if you do good things, good things will happen to you. >> reporter: reminding us all that often what you give -- >> nice going young man. >> reporter: delivers far moren in in return than a little boy could imagine. and so we choose ian mcmillan
with a lesson for us all. after talking to us, he was off to throw out the first pitch at tonight's game. that is "world news" for this friday. don't forget, a special "20/20" at 9:00 eastern tonight. and we leave you with an image of the statue of liberty. we realize you're all super human out there with this heat. diane, right back here on monday. good night.